Loss of historical architectural settings in the Republic of Armenia

Brambilla, Marco G. (2005) Loss of historical architectural settings in the Republic of Armenia. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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The Republic of Armenia, a historic but small country is extremely rich with a large patrimony of historical and cultural monuments. The political changes, massive privatization, redistribution of wealth and a growing economy are affecting rapidly the cultural and historical settings of its immense cultural heritage. This is evident on two levels. First, in the City center ,Yerevan, where massive development, land speculation and abusive construction have already damaged the elegant settings which defined the image of this 2500 year old City. Second, the subtle landscaping, sceneries and settings all around the historic churches, castles and sites in the countryside are being destroyed by changes in the demographics and the economic structure. The author is proposing an immediate intervention to address these issues as follows: 1. New approach to urban design, town planning and zoning ordinances to allow the natural economic and urban growth, without destroying irrevocably the settings of the cultural. 2. New legal framework to allow the authorities to address effectively the issue of the preservation of settings in conjunction with historic monuments and sites. 3. Awareness and education. While singular monuments are considered “historic” their settings are not defined and thus more subject to abuse. 4. Incentives. New regulation shall not be perceived as punitive. It is important to demonstrate that while historical and cultural contexts can be preserved, the community and the individual can benefit from these policies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Brambilla, Marco G.
Languages: English
Keywords: historic monuments; setting; heritage at risk; urban development; urban growth; town planning; legal protection; public awareness; conservation
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Yerevan, Republic of Armenia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2010 19:48
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
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URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/315

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